What my source says..
Posted by Carolyn B on March 28, 1998 at 06:24:46:
In response to Well, I never!, written by Caroline on March 27, 1998 at 09:42:12
] I've got one of them! (at least, it's in the family...I think my Dad has it at the moment---I'll ask him about it..). We've always called it the Baliff's tipstaff! One of my great, great grandfathers was a "Peeler".
If it's the tipstaff, the following info suggests it could conceivably even be pre-Peeler
(Granted it's only a sidebar in Murder Ink so take it with a grain of salt:)
According to the Walker article, after 1829 police wore uniforms so they didn't need the tipstaff to identify themselves anymore, but they still carried the truncheon (which plainclothesmen needed to produce as a sign of their authority). The fancier painted truncheon with crown and coat of arms gradually disappeared (from general use?) by the 1870s but "was still produced for ceremonial purposes, however, as late as the 1920s"
Just considering how material culture works, I suspect there was probably some overlap of use of the tipstaff by the Peelers. Haven't seen pictures so I wouldn't be able to judge how truncheon-like a tipstaff was!
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